Breakfast is often the most problematic meal in people’s diet. Advertisers encourage us to eat sugar-laden cereal or pancakes with syrup with orange juice (sugar) and a glass of milk. That’s the diabetes starter package!
Breakfast should be simple and quick to make so you can get on with your day, but it should also have minimal carbohydrates so you don’t get a morning blood sugar spike and stay off the blood sugar roller coaster.
That roller coaster ride consists of your blood sugar going up after you sugary breakfast, then it drops by mid morning and you want a snack. That sends your blood sugar back up and it comes crashing down for lunch. Then you get sleepy in the afternoon and you get another snack. This, hopefully, keeps you going until dinner when you send your blood sugar back up to the top of the track but it often comes flying down later in the evening when you need your evening snack or dessert. Then you go to sleep where you store that excess sugar as fat and then the night-time sugar crash wakes you up giving you insomnia.
Connecting to your food is so important to your health. Something simple like chickens in the back yard gets me outside in the morning, I get really fresh food, and that food only had to travel 100 feet. The chickens also fertilize my garden so I get vegetables and fruit without the need for petroleum-based fertilizers. With that relatively simple act, I have fed myself nutrient-dense eggs, gotten outside for some fresh air, built soil for my plants, prevented a little air and water pollution, kept toxins out of my food, and I get to have fun watching the chickens.